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Why Your Batting Practice Stinks (part 2)

by Randy Sullivan
How are you feeling? Did you get any sleep at all last night or were you tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling and eventually pacing the floor in anticipation of the release of today’s blog? You’re eyes look a little bloodshot. It’s ok.  I got your back. Yesterday I released a blog that challenged the effectiveness of batting cages and pitching machines based on a motor learning concept called representative design.  Click here if you didn’t get a chance to read it. In yesterday’s…

Why Your Batting Practice Stinks (part 1)

by Randy Sullivan
I’ve said it before … I’m an idea man. A couple of weeks I wrote a blog about an idea for changing USA Baseball forever.  No response from them as of yet.  Still waiting.  Probably tied up in some committee or something. Nevertheless, the ideas just keep on flowing.  Here’s one for all the hitting guys, college coaches, and recruiting coordinators. You’re welcome in advance. Way back in 1970, in what has become possibly the most clichéd quote in the history of the game, Ted Williams…

Late Life: How Chien-Ming Wang Made It Back To The Big Leagues (Pt 3 of 3)

by Randy Sullivan
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This is part 3 of 3 in a series about the resurgence of Taiwanese MLB superstar, Chien-Ming Wang. For part 1 Click Here For part 2 Click Here Chein-Ming Wang made the Royals 25-man roster out of camp. That’s the day the crisis hit. The day the club announced the news I got a call from Chien’s agent, Alan Chang.  “Chien’s shoulder started hurting after his last outing. He’s on a plane to Kansas City. He wants to know if you can fly there and help him.” On opening…

Late Life: How Chien-Ming Wang Made It Back To The Big Leagues (Part 2 Of 3)

by Randy Sullivan
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This is part 2 of a 3 part series. To read part 1, CLICK HERE We earmarked the first 4 weeks for ability development – power building, mobility training, cleaning up his movement pattern and pushing velocity once per week. His throwing plan (6 days per week) included twice-weekly long toss, precision drill work, and one velo push day per week. Every aspect of his training plan during this phase — from warmup to throwing program, to weight training, scapular stability, training, yoga, and…

What To Do If You Have A Bad Velo Day: Understanding Supercompensation

by Randy Sullivan
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It’s 9:15 am on a muggy, humid summer day in Plant City, Florida.  Hidden on the backside of a mystifyingly beautiful property that features hundreds of giant oak trees strung like Christmas tinsel with picturesque Spanish moss, The Florida Baseball Ranch® (FBR) is both sanctuary and laboratory for a collection of uncommonly dedicated athletes known in the baseball community as “Ranch Guys.  A cluster of high school and college level pitchers stands perched on the slopes of a 5-pack of…

Fortnite Marathons and Deadlifts: A Devastating Combination

by Randy Sullivan
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Today’s blog will be a tag team effort featuring FBR Strength and Savage Coordinator, Garrison Roy. G-Roy is a former TBR and FBR student who recently wrapped up a successful collegiate baseball career and served internships at The Florida Baseball Ranch and Cressey Performance before passing his CSCS exam and returning to FBR to assume his current full-time position.  He’s smart, motivated and passionate about helping baseball players get stronger so they can play better.  We’ve been working…

What Makes The Florida Baseball Ranch® The Right Fit For You?

by Randy Sullivan
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Last week one of the Physical Therapists in our clinic, Sullivan Rehab Services, was on vacation so I subbed, in seeing patients from 7 am to 12 pm a few days to cover it. About two years ago, our CFO/COO, Amy Marsh, made the brilliant business decision to fire me from the clinic. I still loved treating patients but she knew where my passion was. Besides, we were getting so busy training baseball players that there was barely enough time to be in both places. Working in the clinic last week reminded…

Negro League Hero Shut In By Parkinson’s Finds His Way Back Through Baseball

by Randy Sullivan
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A few years ago I was seeing a 75-year-old physical therapy patient with Parkinson’s and early Alzheimer’s. We’ll call him Bob. I performed the visit in his home since he was completely bedridden and homebound. According to his family, he hadn’t been able to stand, walk, or talk for over a year. Parkinson’s causes an erosion of motor skills, and Alzheimer’s degrades cognitive abilities, so Bob had a bad combination. As he lay in the hospital bed in his living…

The Most Menacing Career Killer

by Randy Sullivan
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You’re a college or a high school pitcher, and you want to move to the next level. Your goals are clear. Your dreams are important, worthy, and attainable. It’s not a question of will. You’re willing to work hard. Heck, you want it so badly, you’re ready to do whatever it takes to get it done. But you have an enemy, a fierce and insidious enemy that if not identified, combated and corralled will contort your training and your pitching career into an unrecognizable mess. The…

Changing The Future Of USA Baseball Forever: You’re Welcome America

by Randy Sullivan
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I’m an idea man. I was talking with a member of the USA Baseball staff last week and I told him I had an idea that would change the future of USA baseball forever. In a world where just about everyone claims to have found newest gadget or gizmo that is “the secret” to baseball development, this idea involves two relatively inexpensive products that are already on the market. Have you ever watched a 12–year old baseball game on a 200-225-foot field? It’s a beautiful thing. Pitchers…